Survivors struggle as scientists race to solve COVID mystery

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On the pandemic’s first anniversary, some COVID-19 survivors are still struggling with puzzling symptoms. Now, scientists are racing to solve what they consider a true medical mystery.

Long-term COVID-19 affects an uncertain number of survivors in a baffling variety of ways. The government is spending $1 billion in an unprecedented effort to find answers.

Is it a condition unique to COVID-19, or a variation of the syndrome that can occur after other infections? Or could some symptoms be a physical reaction to the enormous upheaval of this past pandemic year? Researchers are seeking disease markers, treatments and cures.

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